Campbell and Welbeck in Sunderland run-out against West Ham

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DANNY Welbeck and Fraizer Campbell will continue to build-up their fitness today with a run-out for Sunderland’s second string.

The duo were set to lead the line for the Black Cats reserves against West Ham today in a behind-closed-doors clash at the Academy of Light.

Welbeck impressed as a substitute for the final 20 minutes at Arsenal last weekend after just two training sessions with his team-mates since returning from hamstring and knee problems.

But the 20-year-old remains short of match fitness after two months on the treatment table.

With Sunderland not in action again until the visit of Liverpool on Sunday week, Steve Bruce will be hoping the on-loan Manchester United striker gets back in contention for a starting spot.

Former Old Trafford team-mate Campbell faces a longer rehabilitation after six months out with cruciate knee ligament damage.

Campbell returned to full training last Tuesday after getting the go-ahead from the surgeon and he has participated in every session since without any reaction.

If the 23-year-old impresses today and in next week’s reserve clash at Man United, he has a chance of being involved on the bench against Liverpool.

But the subsequent trip to Manchester City on Sunday, April 3, may be a more realistic target for the striker.